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Old 09-17-2004, 12:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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is the Nikon D1x/D2h, 70-200, 17-35, 28-70 ok to shoot in the rain?...I heard some horror stories but I’m thinking all of these equipment are professional grade. What is your opinion?



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Well, quite frankly.... I would never take my digital SLR out in the rain. Thats just me, however I have taken cameras out in the rain and have been fine.

I used to make a "makeshift" raincoat for my F100 body when I would be shooting sports on the sidelines in the rain. Take a plastic bag, heavy garbage bag usually best, black of course to look more professional. Cut a whole in its base for your lens. Rubber band the exterior around the lens. Essentially, your head is in the garbage bag. But both you and your camera gear get minimal rain.

My $0.02

There are some water resistant digital SLR body cases out there, Unique Photo does sell some. Depends on what you got, I know the 10D has one, and I would like to say there is one as well for Nikon's models. they were meant specifically to go underwater for divers shooting digital, if you got the bank, why not [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]

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Old 09-17-2004, 12:21 PM   #3 (permalink)
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To echo what Jason has said -- I find a 2 gallon Ziplock storage bag works best. It's a very heavy duty bag. And it's clear so I can see the camera controls.
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Old 09-17-2004, 04:15 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I've posted this some time back...Carnival Cruise Line has about 20 photographers on the bigger ships(maybe 40 ships with the lines they own). I got friendly with one of them last March and saw they were finally digital. The company tried out the Nikon D100's and made the switch to Olympus E-1's. They do a lot of shots as passengers get on and off the ships and the Nikons did not hold up to the likely rain they get in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Old 09-17-2004, 05:30 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Yep I have an E-1. It's advertised as splash proof but I don't think I would risk taking pictures out in the rain with out some additional protection.

If you need to take picteres in the rain I would suggest using some underwater equipment or use some other protection.

Splash proof is not water proof.

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Old 09-17-2004, 05:51 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Yeah well I don't think the D100s were ever claimed to be environmentally sealed. The D1 & D2 series however...
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...haven't bought one of these yet but soon enough. Winter is coming and here on the We(s)t Coast of BC that means rain, rain and more rain.

http://abetterphotoguide.bizhosting.com/rain_coats.html

I thought I'd add something to the discussion.
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Old 09-19-2004, 07:15 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I agree with the other posts that you should try to protect your camera if you can. I have used Tenba & Lightware rain covers & finally sprung for a couple of Aquatech covers. They aren't cheap - but they work great. You can check them out at www.aquatech.com.au/

The Tenba & Lightware covers velcro around the front of the lens & flap back over the rest of the lens & camera. The Aquatech actually has 2 zippers that close it up around the camera & lens. It takes some practice to get a big lens like a 300mm 2.8 inside there - but once you figure out how to do it - it's not bad... They come in different sizes for different lenses & they also sell eyepieces to fit various cameras...

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